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NCJ Number: 97550 Find in a Library
Title: Berkemer vs McCarty
Corporate Author: Legal Update Systems
United States of America
Project Director: B Mattos; D Jensen; K Blass
Date Published: 1985
Sponsoring Agency: Charles S Maccrone Productions
Aptos, CA 95003
Legal Update Systems

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Charles S Maccrone Productions
432 Ewell Avenue
Aptos, CA 95003
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This police training video cassette, accompanied by an audio cassette, reenacts the incident that led to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Berkemer v. McCarty and highlights the principles of that decision.
Abstract: The decision specifies the procedural safeguards to be followed by police in the custodial interrogation of a person charged with a misdemeanor, as well as in the roadside questioning of a motorist detained in a routine traffic stop. Following a routine traffic stop, Richard McCarty was arrested on a misdemeanor charge. The arresting officer questioned McCarty after the arrest, without first giving a Miranda warning. The local court admitted McCarty's statements, holding that the Miranda rule did not apply to misdemeanor cases. On appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a person subjected to custodial interrogation is entitled to the procedural safeguards enunciated in the Miranda decision, regardless of the severity of the offense involved. Moreover, the Court held that the roadside questioning of a motorist detained in a routine traffic stop does not constitute 'custodial interrogation' for the purposes of the Miranda rule, since the circumstances do not sufficiently impair the detainee's exercise of the privilege against self-incrimination to warrant the officer's stating the detainee's Miranda rights. Accompanying the video is a booklet that includes suggestions for using the video in a training session, highlights of the Supreme Court decision, a summary of the incident prompting the appeal, detailed facts of the case, and the rationale for the Supreme Court's decision.
Index Term(s): Arrest procedures; Miranda rights; Misdemeanor; Police legal training; US Supreme Court decisions; Vehicle stops; Videotapes
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